This book was enjoyable, but given all the hype, I was expecting a little more. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Willowdean's story. It was refreshing toThis book was enjoyable, but given all the hype, I was expecting a little more. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Willowdean's story. It was refreshing to have a fat main character, who was comfortable with herself and her body (for the most part). She exuded great confidence, but still had the doubts and insecurities that all teenagers have.
Personally, I expected the book to be about more. The plot didn't really kick in until halfway through the book and when it did, to me it became more interesting. As much as I enjoyed Will's head, it got a little boring. I also expected the book to be funnier, but it wasn't.
I guess part of why it didn't work for me was that I didn't really get Bo. I understand teen attraction, but he was a very uninteresting and one dimensional character, whose dialogue for the majority of the book was 'Willowdean.' I thought Mitch was a more interesting person and I could see the chemistry between them, but hey, there's no accounting for hormones.
I also thought the whole Will and El friendship break was sad. I liked the friendship between them so much, that when it hit that rough patch, I felt that the book lacked El. The other girls Will befriends are nice, but to be honest, none of them really stood out to me.
Overall, it was enjoyable, but not as great as I expected it to be, given all the glowing reviews....more
3.5 stars. It was a really beautiful ode to friendship. It was well-written, dealt with some difficult issues really well, it was heart-breaking, emot3.5 stars. It was a really beautiful ode to friendship. It was well-written, dealt with some difficult issues really well, it was heart-breaking, emotional and I was absorbed in Caddy, Suzanne and Rosie's dynamic.
I think some people will absolutely love this book, but I personally didn't truly enjoy reading it. It's mainly because I related so much to Caddy and her personality, style and upbringing. Reading about her choices and what she went through put me personally in a bleak place. Any time she felt in trouble, I felt it almost too much. It's part of what makes the book so good, but I always rate on how much I enjoyed a book as well as its merit.
I highly recommend the book though. If anyone ever came to me for a book about tough times and strong friendships, this would be high on my list. ...more
After my much, much loved An Ember in the Ashes, I really couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I was completely engrossed in Elias, Laia and HeAfter my much, much loved An Ember in the Ashes, I really couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I was completely engrossed in Elias, Laia and Helene's story and I predicted when I first added this on Goodreads that this book, especially Helene, would break me.
Well, it did. What made the book for me was most definitely Helene. What she goes through reminds me so much of Kestrel's journey in The Winner's Crime (and if you all know me, you know how much I love that series). As Blood Shrike to the new emperor Marcus, she is bound to him and the empire, against her better judgement and under a lot of duress. There were so many feels when reading her chapters and my heart utterly and completely broke for her. Basically, I love her character and story arc so much.
As much as I enjoyed Elias and Laia's journey to rescue her brother Darin, this is where the story dips in my personal opinion. I have trouble staying engaged through long, arduous journeys, especially without a map to help me visualise (I was reading the ARC, so it didn't have one). I did enjoy Elias' foster family and his interactions with his utterly hateful mother, the Commandant. That scene with Helene nearly broke me.
However, I tended to tune out during the 'spirits' part of the book and frankly didn't care too much about Laia. Personally, I didn't see a lot of growth from her over the course of the book, so as a character, she lagged behind Helene and Elias in leaps and bounds. Also, not really feeling her chemistry with Elias.
The ending was honestly pure excitement and made my heart hurt in so many ways. I think (and hope and pray) there will be another sequel, so fingers crossed! ...more
I really, really loved this book and that was mainly because of Magnus Chase. The series starts out a lot stronger than the original Percy Ja4.5 stars
I really, really loved this book and that was mainly because of Magnus Chase. The series starts out a lot stronger than the original Percy Jackson series and I appreciated that it was a bit older as well - Magnus is 16 when the book starts.
Magnus is a delightful character and his sarcastic quips and mis-pronunciations are pretty much the best thing about the book. I also loved this insight into Norse Mythology, which I don't know as much about as Greek/Roman Mythology, so I will definitely be reading up on who some of the characters are. It's also got all that action and questing that you've come to know and love from Rick. Plus, I loved the diversity that Rick brings to the book and the subtle ways he touches on really important topics.
Basically, an excellent start to what I'm sure will be an excellent series. Cameos by cousin Annabeth were a great bonus as well....more
I honestly can't give this a 5. Even though it was a fantastic (and horrifying) book, like Only Ever Yours, I wouldn't say I enjoyed it. This is a bleI honestly can't give this a 5. Even though it was a fantastic (and horrifying) book, like Only Ever Yours, I wouldn't say I enjoyed it. This is a bleak (and horrifying) look into small town attitudes towards a rape case. It was made even more powerful (and horrifying), as it was told from the point of view of the victim, Emma, who took a far different attitude towards it than what I was expecting. It's harrowing, it's hard, and it's so, so important. You should recommend this to everyone you meet. (Did I mention it was horrifying?)...more
This book is insanely hard for me to rate. I think it was better than the first two books in the series. Looking at it in comparison to Heir of Fire,This book is insanely hard for me to rate. I think it was better than the first two books in the series. Looking at it in comparison to Heir of Fire, I steadily enjoyed this book more, but not as much as the 'how to train your Wyvern' parts, but definitely a lot more than the sulky Celaena parts.
I loved a lot of things about this book though, especially where it took the characters. Everyone was tested in the most agonising ways and they all became much stronger characters as a result of it. I loved all the strong friendships and bonds the characters formed. I thought the ending was ridiculously epic. I also particularly loved Dorian and Asterin's parts, and they broke my heart the most.
I think the bit that I wasn't such a fan of was sadly, some of the writing. I think in parts it was quite gratuitous and felt a bit like fanfiction. I'm quite disappointed in this and it may be just be me, but it's how I felt. I think you know which parts I meant though.
Overall, it's a strong book that tackled a lot and moved the story along quite nicely. It will be interesting to see where the series goes next from here. Welcome home, Queen. ...more
Wow, that did not go how I expected. I really liked it. The chemistry between Sam and Jase was insanely good, and I loved the difference in dynamics bWow, that did not go how I expected. I really liked it. The chemistry between Sam and Jase was insanely good, and I loved the difference in dynamics between thier two families, living next door to each other. It went a lot deeper than first love, and tackled some things wonderfully, like addiction, social snobbery, politics, cheating, and sex. I loved Tim, who grew so much, and glad we're getting a book all about him which I can't wait to read.
Personally, I related a lot to Sam. I guess I was a bit of a goody two-shoes as a teenager, and it hit home the feeling of doing something 'wrong' that was never as bad as anyone else (like being 15 late for curfew, once ever). I think the moments between Sam and Jase were so lovely, and Fitzpatrick captured that first love feeling, with all the anxieties and sweetness, really well. Highly recommended to contemporary lovers - full review to come.
3.5 stars, solid contemporary book. Kody Keplinger is a master of creating chemistry between her characters and Whitley (really?) and Nathan were no d3.5 stars, solid contemporary book. Kody Keplinger is a master of creating chemistry between her characters and Whitley (really?) and Nathan were no different. What was essentially a one night stand, turned really awkward as they discovered that they were to-be step-siblings. Full disclosure, I am totally on board with the step-sibling trope. Something about living in the same house and that sort of love/hate relationship. (P.S. I don't actually have any siblings of my own, so this may be weird for those who do...).
What I liked a lot about this book was the idea of family and what it means. As much focus was on Whitley's struggles with her divorced parents and trying to fit into a new family and how she felt about her real family. I liked how much she developed throughout the course of the book, not just because of her relationship with Nathan. I did think that some of the issues were resolved a bit quickly towards the end, and I would've liked to see the story go on.
All in all, it had great chemistry, cute supporting cast, and an interesting story. Would recommend for contemporary lovers!
As usual with Kody Keplinger's books, they are so much fun. I breezed through this in a day (!) which is almost a record for me as I only read duringAs usual with Kody Keplinger's books, they are so much fun. I breezed through this in a day (!) which is almost a record for me as I only read during my commute. I wasn't familiar with Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, which this is loosely based on, but the premise was intriguing - withholding sex to stop a 10 year rivalry between the Hamilton High football and soccer teams. Granted it's a farfetched concept, what Keplinger has done really well is to highlight how differently society views girls sexuality vs. boys sexuality.
What I enjoyed most about the book was the chemistry between Lissa and Cash Sterling (the cheesiest of cheesy names, but it works). Very cute history (the stars game!), the very hot kissing and just the general fondness of each other. And yes, all the references to Atonement and that library scene only helped because I am a HUGE fan of that movie (hello James McAvoy).
I also liked how the strike strengthened female friendships. All the girls became closer and those sleepovers looked like so much fun. It's great that the girls felt so open with each other and were able to explore their own questions and issues with sex.
All in all, I think I enjoyed this the most of Kody's books to date. It was a really fun romp and definitely bring on more Hamilton High!...more
I'm not sure I enjoyed this at all. I think the Teen Titans have impressive powers and I liked the comradery/rivalry between some of them. I think ManI'm not sure I enjoyed this at all. I think the Teen Titans have impressive powers and I liked the comradery/rivalry between some of them. I think Manchester Black is a great name. I am still also mystified by how Wonder Girl's costume manages to hold itself up (boob tubes are so not practical...)
I liked the art during the first half, but it changed abruptly in the second and I liked that less. Basically, there wasn't much of a cohesive story arc here, it was all random pieces of disconnected action. Maybe for fans of the older stuff, but as someone going into them fresh, it's not a great place to start....more